From Cambridge to Hood River
It was leap day - February 29th of this year - that the wheels were set in motion to move, but we can blame our inspiration 5 years or so ago from one of those click bait lists, "Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid". Until then, the conundrum was always how to give our daughter access to independent play outdoors while not having to own a car for daily transportation.
Then came the little city of Hood River on my radar because of that "listicle". 60 miles directly east of my biking graceland of Portland, there sits a most Utopian community. It's the windsurfing capital of North America because of the Columbia River Gorge and has a densely packed main street of great food and local businesses. They have an Enterprise car rental, Amtrak station and Oregon tourism's number one initiative is reconnecting the Old Columbia River Scenic Highway as a bike trail from Portland out farther east to The Dalles, which will make it the Danube of our continent. Last but not least is the agricultural history, orchards and vineyards that give the area soul. And I haven't even touched waterfalls, canyons, mountain biking, hiking and the sheer number of national parks nearby.
After 50 hours of driving over 3 nights and 4 days, we are arriving with a 26 foot truck to our new home today. I cannot wait to get involved in bike advocacy and absorb as much as I can from the smart and creative people running the most successful statewide bike tourism in the U.S. And I dare you to challenge me on this after watching the videos from Oregon's "7 Wonders" campaign. I seriously started crying when I saw them.
Bikabout would not exist without Boston. The density of urban planning geeks making us smarter, the passionate debates about how best to remake the streets, and seminal advocacy organizations like LivableStreets, Boston Cyclists Union, and MassBike all made us what we are. Bikabout will, no doubt, be inspired by a much different culture than the east coast, but our mission of inspiring the bike curious so that 1 out of 3 people in North America one day bike for transportation, remains the same.
We we have so many exciting things to share soon including a Pittsburgh guide, Great Allegheny Trail and C&O Towpath itinerary / map and oodles of self-guided city tours of local culinary and cultural favorites.
Love from Interstate 84,
P.S. We are flying back to Boston on Sept 10th to lead the family ride in Tour de Streets, a fundraiser for LivableStreets. If you have $5 to spare, please donate so we can leave the city with a bang that we hope will ignite a tribe of family advocates!